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October 2014 Archives

Some hospitals struggle to stamp out serious infections

According to a recent analysis conducted by Kaiser Health News, Arizona is one of 13 states where at least a quarter of the hospitals showed a high infection rate for at least one type of infection tracked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Altogether, the CDC monitors six different categories of infections that may spread in hospitals, including infections from bladder catheters, infections from antibiotic-resistant germs and infections from flexible tubes that deliver nutrients or medicines into veins.

Full disclosure of medical errors is slowly becoming more common

Doctors in Arizona and other states have slowly started acknowledging errors in patient care and admitting fault. While doctors may have previously been hesitant to discuss medical errors due to a fear of litigation or embarrassment, doctors in a 2006 survey said that patients deserved information when a mistake occurs.

How common are wrong-site surgeries?

Very few Arizona patients can expect to ever encounter a wrong-site surgery. This sort of preventable medical error is considered to be of great importance to health care facilities and practitioners, and a wide variety of procedures and protocols have been implemented to prevent it. These measures have been broadly effective. Though it has not yet proven possible to prevent all medical error completely, wrong-site surgeries and wrong-patient procedures will not happen to most patients.

Who is liable for a birth injury?

When a baby suffers from an injury during birth, the parents may wonder what parties can be named as defendants in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Determining who is liable for a birth injury will depend greatly on the type of injury that occurred and the circumstances that surrounded it. Potential parties include health care facilities, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmaceutical companies.

Common Doctor Errors

The Arizona Medical Board categorizes the complaints they receive into four different groups. The moral and ethical category includes sexual misconduct with a patient, fraudulent billing, violating prescribing statutes and the like. Legal errors include complaints that violate the law but do not necessarily endanger patients. Most doctor errors known to the board fall under standard of care, and substance abuse, psychiatric impairment and behavioral disorders fall into the fourth category.

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